never pray as the hypocrites do

what is meant by the counsel to pray in our private room

Answer #1

It’s part of Jesus’ more general admonitions not to make a big thing out of our religious practice. Instead of making a public show of praying (or fasting), He advises us to do so as a private matter between ourselves and God.

And He then gives the text of what has become the Lord’s Prayer as a suitable way of framing a prayer to God.

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